Teen faces charges after high-speed chase

By Jason A. Smith


A Union City teenager is out of the Henry County Jail on bond, following a police chase that reportedly reached speeds of more than 100 mph.

The Georgia State Patrol has charged Keenan Grant Bell, 18, with four counts of speeding, three counts of passing in a no-passing zone, and two counts each of failure to signal and following too closely.

He also faces charges of fleeing/attempting to elude an officer, passing in an emergency lane, passing on a hillcrest or curve, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, failure to yield, improper lane change, aggressive driving, driving on the wrong side of the road and driving within a gore or median.

Troopers reportedly encountered Bell on Jan. 24, on Interstate 75 southbound at Bill Gardner Parkway, according to Georgia State Patrol Lt. Paul Cosper. "Troopers were running speed detection, and spotted the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed," Cosper said.

Georgia State Patrol Spokesman Gordy Wright said Bell's Nissan Maxima exited the interstate and turned right onto Bill Gardner Parkway, then drove into a cul-de-sac before getting back onto the interstate. Troopers, he added, briefly lost the Maxima, before seeing Bell walking out of the RaceTrac gas station on Ga. Highway 20 in McDonough. Bell, he added, was then arrested and taken to the jail.

There were no injuries reported as a result of the chase.

According to records from the Henry County Jail, Bell is charged with driving as fast as 120 mph, while authorities were chasing him.

He was released from the jail on $7,335 bond Tuesday. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 23, in Henry County State Court.